Archived:Does LabVIEW for MacOS or OS X Include the DAQ and Instrument I/O Assistants?

Updated Aug 3, 2023

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Reported In


  • LabVIEW


  • NI-DAQmx
  • NI-DAQmx Base 15.0

Operating System

  • Mac OS X

Issue Details

  • I am using LabVIEW on a Macintosh and would like to use the DAQ and Instrument I/O Assistants that are available in LabVIEW for Windows. Does LabVIEW for Macintosh include these Assistants?
  • I am attempting to open a VI that was made on a Windows system and am getting a broken run arrow. When I click on the arrow to view the error it says: NI-DAQmx Driver support for LabVIEW is missing. Why is this happening?


The DAQ and Instrument I/O Assistants are only available under LabVIEW for Windows.

LabVIEW for Macintosh uses the NI-DAQmx Base drivers, which do not support the DAQ Assistant.

Note: NI-DAQmx Base is compatible with macOS 10.14 and earlier versions – check macOS compatibility for all supported versions for this driver. For more information, please read the End-of-Life Announcement for DAQmx Base Driver .

Additional Information

Note that, for any instrument that is not compatible with the supported APIs for Macintosh, Macintosh users can still use standard VISA VIs for communication.

Another option can be to dual-boot the system with a Windows OS in order to use the full version of NI-DAQmx.